Editorial

The Festival of Lights

Tonight at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah. The first flame of the menorah will be lit and the eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights begins. The Jewish celebration commemorates the retaking of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) some 22 centuries ...

Another day, another threat

Well, because our leaders in Washington, D.C., can’t agree on anything significant, there is — once again — the threat of a government shutdown. The major problem with Congress’ nasty habit of never passing a comprehensive federal budget is that every few months threats of another ...

The gift of reading

As folks rush out to do their Christmas shopping, it seems like a very good time to plug gifts for children that will keep giving the rest of their lives. Books. We mentioned last week the wisdom, love and loyalty that can be found between the covers of the Winnie-the-Pooh books. “The ...

The reality of Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro died two years ago this week. To those of us of a certain age, he was the brutal dictator who brought the world to the brink of World War III with his part in 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. He allowed the Soviet Union to install launchers for offensive intercontinental ballistic ...

A wonderful time of year

With less than a month to go before Christmas, the holiday season is off to a rollicking start. Malls, shopping centers and individual stores appeared to be doing brisk business as residents rushed out to scoop up Black Friday Week and early season specials. The holidays are a chance to ...

Believing in miracles

Fourteen years ago this holiday season, an elderly woman lay dying in a hospital bed. Her two sons stood by as the doctor, a family friend, told the old woman there was nothing more that could be done for her. “That’s OK, Lisa,” the woman replied, “I believe in miracles.” One of ...

Good reasons to be thankful

Although this editorial is written a few days before Thanksgiving and, therefore, without the benefit of a stomach full of turkey and stuffing, one aspect of the holiday seems destined to have occurred: At some point on Thursday, all of us who live on Maui realized we have a cornucopia of ...

Thanksgiving and charity

Charity — call it aloha — played a crucial role in the first American Thanksgiving celebration. Although not unique to Western culture, thanksgiving or harvest festivals have been held in many countries for hundreds of years. In Hawaii, the Makahiki season, stretching over several months, ...

Remembering John Kennedy

Fifty-six years ago Thursday, John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. For those of us who lived through that tragic time, images of the days that followed the killing flicker through our minds, much like the famous Zapruder movie of the actual shooting. There ...

’Tis the season

This week marks the kickoff of the 2018 holiday season. Many of us will be dusting off the Christmas decorations, getting them ready or perhaps even putting a few up this week. Thursday, birds and people will be getting stuffed as the country celebrates Thanksgiving. Nothing like turkey, ...

Welcome to basketball fans

Thanksgiving week is always an exciting time on Maui — and not just because we’re getting ready to give thanks for all our blessings and fill the ol’ tank with turkey and stuffing. One of the highlights of the week is always the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, conducted annually at the ...

Echoes from Gettysburg

One hundred and fifty-four years ago this Monday, a president made a visit to a cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., to commemorate a decisive battle in the War between the States and honor the soldiers who fought it. The speech he delivered was concise and its words will echo as long as there is a ...

A great day to quit

The American Cancer Society designates the third Thursday of November as The Great American Smokeout — a day to quit smoking or make plans to do so. According to the ACS website, 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. While the percentage of American adults who smoke cigarettes has ...

Interacting with Junior

One of the problems with having 12,463 channels, or thereabouts, on television is that there must be a program showing on all those stations. That troubling thought occurred to us one night when we hit upon a channel that was airing “Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Squeakquel.” Not for the ...

No good news for smokers

Thursday is The Great American Smokeout and we’ll have more about that later in the week. But today we’d like to talk about a report that changed American life for the better. If there was ever a government report or action that changed a nation, it could well be the first surgeon ...

Holiday honors U.S. veterans

Today is officially the date Americans celebrate Veterans Day. Monday, federal, state and local governments will be closed marking the holiday. The first “Veterans Day Proclamation” was issued on June 1, 1954, by a man who knew the horrors of war, the demands of a peacetime military and ...

The wall began coming down

Twenty-nine years ago today, Nov. 9, 1989, a great symbol of the enslavement of a people began to crumble. The German Democratic Republic — the puppet regime of the Soviet Union in East Germany — announced that residents of East Berlin would no longer be restricted from crossing to ...

Help the children

Memories that are jarred by the trees and the bells and the holly are the best parts of the holiday season. Those holidays past also come swimmingly back when old movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and “Miracle on 34th Street” dance across the ...

The day after

Even for the most addicted political junkies, there is a peaceful feeling the day after an election that is more than welcome. Mind you, tomorrow we junkies will be burning with questions about 2020 but for today there will be, blissfully, no talk of white nationalists, the effect of ...

The time for giving

As we start the holiday period, it’s nice to remember the cardinal rule of the season — ‘tis better to give than receive. Feed My Sheep is the brainchild of Joyce Kawakami, whom we refer to as an angel here a couple of times per year. The goal of the nonprofit is to eliminate poverty ...